Featured Alumni

Our alums are doing great things! We created this 'Featured Alumni' page because we think it is very important for current and potential University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College students to hear from those who have graduated!

Chris Gray '12

Gray is a Human Resources (HR) Consultant with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He provides direct consultation to over 153 VA Hospitals throughout the country. From 2005 to 2009, Gray proudly served in the US Marine Corps as an Infantryman, with two tours in Iraq.

In 2009, after departing the military, Gray used the GI Bill at the University of Rio Grande and worked as a Veterans Benefits Advisor for the college. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. Prior to graduation, he began his career with the VA as an Intern in HR. Since that time, he has have held a variety of technical jobs in VA human resources involving strategic workforce and succession planning, recruitment and placement, compensation, and classification.

In 2016, Gray was promoted to his current position working in Headquarters-Veterans Health Administration. He works virtually from his home for the VA, however, often must travel to one of the many hospitals throughout the country.

Gray is currently pursuing a PhD in HR Leadership from Sullivan University.
He is married to Alisha Gray (URG Grad, Class of 2009- Accounting) and they have a son, Miles, who just turned five. They reside in Chillicothe, OH.

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Keith Thomerson '68

Thomerson is a retired Senior Technical Writer/Trainer. After graduating from Rio, he began his career as a Varsity Football Coach and high school teacher. Thomerson also worked in the insurance business, earning Hall of Fame honors as a sales representative and manger before turning his attention to Information Technology.

He specialized in the software development process, beginning with the mapping process, and also wrote software specifications, test scripts, training manuals, and software user manuals. His computer training material and instruction manuals have been used throughout the United States and several countries, including a software program with over one million users.

Thomerson has been happily married for 48 years to Sally. They have a son of whom they are very proud, and one granddaughter. Thomerson now volunteers his time as a web master of two neighborhood web sites, and a monthly neighborhood newsletter.

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Jocelyn Cosgrave '02 '05

This two-time Education graduate of Rio Grande was a first generation college student, and now is an Assistant Superintendent for Reynoldsburg City Schools. Earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Rio, Cosgrave went on to obtain her Education Doctoral Degree in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southwestern University with a published dissertation related to students taking ownership of their own learning through authentic learning tasks.

After graduating the first time with her Bachelor’s, Cosgrave landed her first teaching job but soon thereafter enrolled right back at Rio to get her Master’s degree. She taught middle school grades for 10 years then moved on to administrative roles. Cosgrave also was part of starting a project-based learning school from the ground up. During this, she was the Director/Principal of the high school in Zanesville. Two year’s later, she became Principal of a arts academy, Encore Academy that is part of Reynoldsburg High School.

Cosgrave lives in Zanesville with her husband of 13 years, Neil, and their two energetic sons – Shepp, 11 and Ayce, 6.

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Megan Wise '12

Megan Wise is the 2016 Miss Ohio USA. She represented the state in the Miss USA competition where she placed among the Top 15 semifinalists. From Gallipolis, Ohio, Megan is a first grade teacher with a passion for children's literacy. 

She graduated from Rio in 2012 with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She then obtained her Master's degree from Concordia University of Chicago in Educational Leadership. 

Megan now works as a model for New View Model Management where she has been featured in runway shows and commercial print campaigns. She additionally was one of the top finalists in the country on the hit reality show 'America's Next Top Model.' 

When she isn't busy teaching or modeling, she enjoys reading and working on her lifestyle blog, 'Pretty Witty and Wise'. 

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